Athletics Misc (1069)
Rick Quattrini was recruited to Baker by Coach Jim Irick following an outstanding athletic career at Pascack Valley High School in New Jersey. As a senior he served as the football team captain, was selected to the all-county and all-state first team on defense.
At Baker he started all football games on defense. In his junior year he was selected a tri-captain, led the team in tackles and was voted the team’s MVP. In 1974 he suffered a season-ending injury but was allowed to red-shirt that year. He returned in 1975 and was selected team captain, led the team in tackles and was once again voted the team’s most valuable player. As a senior he was selected to the first-team all-conference team and first-team All-District 10 and was named in 1975 one of the outstanding college athletes of America. On campus he was additionally an active member and officer in the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
Following graduation he studied Italian at the University of Genoa and later attended the University of Petroleum and Minerals at Daharan, Saudi Arabia.
Through his business career he has been involved in a wide range of entrepreneurial businesses, including the development of a concept model for luxury floating restaurants that led him to form a partnership that launched five 400-passenger vessels in New York. For his efforts he was awarded Nations Restaurant News top industry award for design and concept. Later he formed other businesses and partnerships that directed the design, construction and retrofitting of multiple inland excursion vessels, built luxury homes on the Hudson River waterfront, and most recently headed up the acquisition of a hotel room brokerage firm that has since become the largest such service provider in North America.
He is involved in a wide range of business related boards and is active in civic and philanthropic activities. He is married to the former Linda Ann Donovan and together they have four children, Justin, Derek, Christie Anna and Gianna Maria. The Quattrinis currently reside in Tenafly, New Jersey.
Roy Doleshal attended high school at Wyandotte in Kansas City, Kansas, where he lettered in football and played baseball. He also played baseball throughout the city and was a member of a team in the Ban Johnson League. Prior to graduating he enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent one year in the South Pacific on an aircraft carrier near the end of World War II. Upon being honorably discharged, he returned home to graduate from Wyandotte in 1946.
He worked for a year before enrolling at Baker, where he immediately became a four-year starter in baseball, his true athletic love. He lettered all four years while playing for coaches Jack Austin and Russ Davee. He also played and lettered on the golf team and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Following graduation he began a teaching and coaching career before being called for reenlistment in the Marine Corps. He attended officer school, was commissioned and served in the Korean War as a Platoon Commander and Legal Officer. He remained active in the Marine Corps reserves for several years retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1970.
He maintained his association with baseball throughout his early-mid life and pitched, coached and umpired in numerous recreational and semipro leagues near his home.
He had a distinguished 35-year career in business with The Travelers Real Estate Division, where he held a number of management positions in Kansas City, Cleveland, Wichita and for his last five years with the company in Dallas where he served as vice president of the Southwest Division. He retired in 1989 and moved to Northwest Arkansas, where he could play competitive tennis and play golf year-round.
He lives in Bella Vista with his wife, Jean. He has two sons, David and Bradley, from a previous marriage.
Roy Braley Jr.
Roy Braley attended high school in Horton (Kansas), where he participated in football, basketball and track. He lettered in all three sports for two years. As a senior, he was a member of the league championship football team and he was voted team captain.
Upon graduation in 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a corpsman. He spent two years overseas on the island of Tinian in a base hospital. Following the war he was honorably discharged in 1946.
He enrolled the following fall at Baker where he went on to a distinguished career lettering in football all four years and in baseball both his junior and senior years. In football he was a four-year starter on offense at the fullback position and on defense at outside linebacker. During his senior year he called signals on the field for the defense and was a key member of the team that was conference champs of 1949. In addition to being a four-time letterman in football, he was named to the all-conference teams as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was a member of the Letterman’s Club and served as vice president his senior year.
Following graduation from Baker in 1950 he began a career in teaching and coaching at the high school level in Kansas. He served at Westphalia High School for three years, Cherokee High School for one year and finally at De Soto, where he spent 31 years. He coached football, basketball and track at all the schools he served, including a period of 20 years at De Soto. He retired from teaching in 1987 and spent many happy days in pursuit of his love of the game of golf near his home in De Soto. He was a member of the De Soto United Methodist Church and the De Soto Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6654.
He passed away just weeks before his induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame on July 31, 2006. He is survived by his widow, Charlene, and by their daughter, Karen, ’83, and son, Eric.
Mike graduated from Bishop Boyle High School in Homestead, Pa. Following high school, he worked for a while before eventually attending and playing football for Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. While at Scottsdale he was recruited to Baker by head football coach Charlie Richard. At Baker, he made an immediate impact on the Wildcat squad as he was a two-year starter and all-conference tight end who served as team captain his senior year. He helped lead the Wildcats to an NAIA Division II national runner-up finish in 1986.
After graduating from Baker in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, he enrolled in graduate school at Fort Hays State University in Kansas where he spent two years working as a graduate assistant coach with linebackers. His collegiate coaching career moved to the Division I rank in 1989 as a volunteer assistant at the University of Pittsburgh for Mike Gottfried. A year later his hard work and determination earned him a paid position at Pitt, working as an assistant coach with quarterbacks and later with wide receivers for the Panthers' new head coach, Paul Hackett. When Hackett left Pitt to become the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, Mike was asked to join him as an assistant coach for the offense in charge of quality control. From 1995 to 1998 he served as the Chiefs quarterbacks coach.
During the years with the Chiefs he worked with quarterbacks Joe Montana, Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono and Rich Gannon. Gannon credits Mike for having been the coach to help him take his game to the next level. Gannon has been quoted as having said, “There was never a doubt in my mind he’d be a head coach. He’s a great play-caller, great working with the quarterbacks. He’s a tough guy, a guy willing to do the work, and he’s a leader”.
In 1999 Mike left the Chiefs for a position coaching the quarterbacks (and notably future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and all-pro Matt Hasselbeck) with the Green Bay Packers. The next year he was hired as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. During his successful five-year stint with the Saints his offensive teams became the most prolific in the franchise’s four-decade history as they set 10 offensive team records and 25 individual records.
In 2000, Mike was selected the NFL’s assistant coach of the year by USA Today. In 2005 he moved to the San Francisco 49ers as offensive coordinator for one season before being named the 14th head football coach of the legendary Green Bay Packers on January 12, 2006. At the time he was named, he was the third youngest head coach in the NFL at 42. In his first year at Green Bay, he turned the team’s fortunes around leading the team from a record of 4-12 the year prior to his arrival to a respectable 8-8. He also won the respect of the Green Bay players and fans for not only his on-field leadership but also for having immersed himself in a myriad of civic activities and fund-raisers benefiting local charities.
In 2011, McCarthy led the Packers to the ultimate prize of a Super Bowl victory. McCarthy and the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XVL. Marking the fourth super bowl title in the tradition rich history of the Packers.
He has one daughter, Alexandra.
Nate enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1990 following graduation from Poway High School in Poway, Calif., where he earned letters in and was named all-conference in football and soccer. At Baker, he concentrated on soccer and becomes the first inductee to the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame from this sport. His freshman year he was named the top newcomer and also to the second-team All-HAAC team. In his sophomore year he earned first-team all-conference honors, first-team all-region and honorable mention NAIA All-American honors. As a junior the honors continued with inclusion on the first-team all-conference squad, being named the Conference Player of the Year and Region Player of the Year and being named to the NAIA All-American first team for having set a school record of scoring 31 goals and scoring 72 points in a season.
He was named to and played for the U.S. Olympic Festival North Team, which took the silver medal that summer. During his senior year in addition to first-team honors in the conference, region and NAIA and Player of the Year in the Conference and Region, he was named an NSCAA first-team All-American and played in the NAIA Adidas Senior Bowl. He served as Wildcat team captain from 1991 to 93, set an additional team record of career assists with 35 and is second all time in goals scored (65) and total points (165). On campus, Nate was also active in a wide range of activities, including Mungano, the Kappa Sigma fraternity, as IFC President, as vice president of the Greek Council, as a University admissions assistant and in 1993 he was elected homecoming king by his fellow students. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science, Nate was drafted in the a territorial round of the National Professional Soccer League by the Wichita Wings before being traded to the Kansas City Attack.
He played professional soccer in both outdoor and indoor leagues from 1994 to 2004. During that time he spent nine seasons with the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League where he was named to the MISL All-Star squad in 1999-2000 and was honorable mention All-MISL those years. He was the Comets' Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and concluded his professional career with the Baltimore Blast in 2004 having played in a career total of 507 games which included 41 playoff games with the Comets. In 2003 he returned to Baker to become the head coach of the women’s soccer team and has been responsible for growing the team from 19 to 35 players and for creating a junior varsity team as well.
His 2011 men's and women's soccer teams qualified for the NAIA National Championship Tournament final site, as the men's squad advanced all the way to the final four and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the country, while the women's team advanced to the quarterfinals and finished the season ranked No. 18. Houser was named the 2011 HAAC Men's and Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.
During his time away from the University he continues to participate in a wide range of soccer related coaching in competitive youth leagues and with a program established for handicapped youth. He has also been active in the Olympic Development team as a staff member and head coach. He is married to Erica (Swensen), ’96, and they live in Lenexa with their two children, Micayla and Michael.
John enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1987 following graduation from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he earned four letters in basketball and baseball. Once at Baker, he quickly asserted himself to be a major force for the Wildcat basketball squad on both ends of the court while playing for Coach Rick Weaver. In all, John earned four letters in basketball, but that was just the beginning of the honors that he would earn during his four-year career. Even as a freshman the greatness that was to unfold was apparent as his coach and teammates selected him the team’s Most Valuable Player — an honor that would follow the conclusion of each of his four seasons with the Wildcats.
During his sophomore year, in addition to being the team MVP he was named to the Heart of America Conference’s first-team all-conference squad, was the HAAC MVP, was a member of the NAIA District 10 first-team all-district team, was the district’s MVP and was named as an NAIA honorable mention All-American. During his junior year, John made first-team all-conference and the NAIA first-team All-District 10 team again. His senior year honors included being selected as a first-team All-HAAC Conference member, being named the conference’s MVP, being named to the NAIA District 10 first-team all-district team and once again being named to the NAIA honorable mention All-American team. During his career at Baker he scored a total of 2,460 points, a record that remained in place until broken in 1998. He continues to hold the record for the career scoring average of 20.5 points/per game. He also established a record for most points scored in a game with 46 against Ottawa University.
Not only was he a prolific scorer but he became the greatest rebounder in Wildcat basketball history, setting a record for rebounds in a season with 310 during the 1988-89 season and he remains the career rebounding leader with a total of 923. In addition to basketball, John was an active member on campus of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Science in business finance, John played professionally in Europe for a team located in Linz, Austria, for one year. During that year of 1991-1992 he averaged 33 points per game and 12 rebounds per game.
Returning home to Kansas, John created two businesses that he continues to own and manage Riverhook Retail Group, a company dedicated to sales and marketing of home improvement products and K.C. Textile Company, a fabric distributor to the home furnishings industry. He is a member of the Church of the Ascension in Overland Park and is a member of the National Association of Retail Marketing and the Central Industrial District Association. He is married to Catherine and together they have two daughters, Sophia and Grace.
Chris enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1978 and became an immediate starter on both the softball and basketball squads. During her Baker career she earned a total of eight letters in the two sports. During her four years of competition the basketball squad won four consecutive Heart of America Conference Championships with a total of 80 wins against only 37 losses.
During her career she was selected for first-team all-conference honors on two occasions and as a senior led the team in assists and in scoring with a 16.7 points per game average, having scored in double figures in 26 of 29 games. In 1980 the team was the AIAW Kansas state champions, runner-up the next year and champion again her senior campaign. Additionally she was selected as a member of the state all-tournament team as both a junior and senior. In softball, the Lady Wildcats earned Kansas AIAW state champion trophies from her sophomore to senior years, were regional champions in both 1981 and 1982, played in the AIAW national softball tournament in 1981 and finished third in the national tournament in 1982 where Chris was named to the all-tournament team at shortstop.
Following graduation from Baker with a Bachelor of Science in business she began a long and successful career in education and coaching. Along the way she earned a Master of Science in educational administration degree from the University of Kansas. She has taught and served as the head track coach and assistant basketball coach at O’Hara High School in Kansas City, Mo., as head track coach at Piper High School in Kansas City, Kan., and as head golf coach and head basketball coach at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo. From 1987 to 1998 she served as head basketball coach at Piper High School where her teams had a 127-114 overall record and her 1993 team finished third in the Kansas Class 4A state basketball tournament.
Since 2000, she has served as a teacher and coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park where she has served as the varsity basketball assistant coach and the head softball coach with several of the teams in both sports reaching the Kansas Class 6A state tournament finishing as both runner-up and state champion. In addition to her professional responsibilities she has spent over 25 years instructing and directing summer youth camps for basketball and softball, most notably for the Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City, a volunteer driven organization whose mission is to empower women and girls by advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness. She is the proud daughter of Joseph and Virginia Orel and sister to six siblings.
Jeff graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas, where he lettered as a member of the golf team. He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1974 and became an immediate starter on the Wildcat golf squad coached by Karl Spear, ’33. Having won the first college tournament in which he played he went on to become a four-year letterman, a member of four consecutive conference championship teams, was the individual runner-up at the Heart of America Conference Championship on two occasions and was selected twice to the NAIA All-District Team.
He won the 1977 and 1978 Golden Putter award at Baker, was presented with the Most Dedicated Golfer Award in 1977 and participated in two NAIA national golf championships. Following his graduation from Baker with a Bachelor of Science in sociology, communications and English, he went on to earn medalist honors at the Mid-West PGA players ability test in 1979. Shortly thereafter he completed the final phase of the PGA Business School. Through the years he has also completed a number of additional PGA sponsored educational seminars and in 1997 he completed requirements for PGA Master Professional status-with his thesis titled: Teaching Putting. He began his career as an assistant golf professional with St. Andrews Golf Course in Overland Park, Kansas, from 1978 to 1980. From 1981 to the present he has served as head PGA master golf professional at Sunflower Hills Golf Course in Bonner Springs, Kansas, where he holds the all-time course record of 67. Since 1981 he has been a winner of various Pro-Am’s, Pro-Pro’s and Mid-West PGA tournaments and has been a two-time participant in the National PGA Club Professional Tournament.
He is a two-time winner of the Mid-West PGA Pro/Assistant Pro Championship, a seven-time participant in the National Oldsmobile Scramble Championship, a four-time participant on the Mid-West PGA Cup Team and in 1989 finished fourth in the Chrysler National Putting Championship. Among other positions he has served as the Tournament Chairman of the Mid-West PGA and also as that organization’s secretary, treasurer and president. In 1986 and again in 1988 he was selected as a delegate to the PGA National Convention. In 1992 he was named the Mid-West PGA Professional of the Year. In 2004 he was the Mid-West PGA Junior Golf Leader for his support of the First-Tee program for children. In 2007 he was elected to the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America. He is married to Lucy and together they have two grown children, Nick and Katie.
Gary enrolled at Baker after graduating from Shawnee Mission East High School where he played basketball and was the leading scorer and team captain his senior year. He was voted to the all-league, all-area and all-state teams. He left Shawnee Mission East as its fifth all-time leading scorer. In the summers he played baseball and was a member of the Johnson County 3&2 Baseball Division Championship team of 1973, was a member of the league championship team for three years and pitched four no-hitters and one perfect game. He also played for Milgram for two summers in the Ban Johnson League.
At Baker he pitched and lettered for the Wildcats for two years in baseball and he was the undeniable sparkplug of the Wildcat basketball squad where he started and lettered all four years at guard. He was voted all-conference for three years and was named the best defensive player his freshman year and MVP his sophomore year. He led the team in assists all four years. He completed his Baker career ninth on the all-time scoring list. He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He returned to the Wildcats to assist in coaching for a year before teaching and coaching in area high schools for 10 years. From 1987 to 1996 he was the assistant coach of basketball at UMKC. He currently resides in Overland Park and is employed as an executive with the George Fern Co. He is married to Karen and together they have a son, Kevin, and two daughters, Kelley and Natalie.
Scott graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he lettered for two years in football, starting at center and linebacker, and also played basketball for two years. During summers he played in the Ban Johnson Baseball League. In 1975, he led that league in batting with a .398 average while playing for Milgram. He was voted all-league at first base and he played in the all-star game that same year.
At Baker, he played both football and baseball. In his freshman year he blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown against Graceland allowing the Wildcats to ultimately end up with a tie. He lettered all four years in baseball — two as a catcher, one as a third baseman and one as a first baseman. He was voted to the all-conference team for three years. He was voted his senior year the team’s captain and most valuable player. He batted over .300 in three of his four years. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism he was invited and had tryouts with the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants. Among other positions he spent his career in retail sales and as a business owner of BOW Truckline. He has a daughter, Austin.
Gary enrolled at Baker after graduating from Shawnee Mission East High School where he played basketball and was the leading scorer and team captain his senior year. He was voted to the all-league, all-area and all-state teams. He left Shawnee Mission East as its fifth all-time leading scorer. In the summers he played baseball and was a member of the Johnson County 3&2 Baseball Division Championship team of 1973, was a member of the league championship team for three years and pitched four no-hitters and one perfect game. He also played for Milgram for two summers in the Ban Johnson League. At Baker he pitched and lettered for the Wildcats for two years in baseball and he was the undeniable sparkplug of the Wildcat basketball squad where he started and lettered all four years at guard. He was voted all-conference for three years and was named the best defensive player his freshman year and MVP his sophomore year. He led the team in assists all four years. He completed his Baker career ninth on the all-time scoring list.
He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He returned to the Wildcats to assist in coaching for a year before teaching and coaching in area high schools for 10 years. From 1987 to 1996 he was the assistant coach of basketball at UMKC. He currently resides in Overland Park and is employed as an executive with the George Fern Co. He is married to Karen and together they have a son, Kevin, and two daughters, Kelley and Natalie.